PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa — India won a one-day series in South Africa for the first time, clinching that piece of history with a 73-run victory in the fifth game Feb. 13 to lead 4-1 overall.
India’s victory was set up by 115 from opener Rohit Sharma — his first significant score of the tour — and sealed by wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the standout bowlers in the series.
India’s first success in an ODI contest in South Africa also came with a game to spare. The tourists could stamp home their dominance with a thumping 5-1 series win over the team that was ranked No. 1 at the start of the series.
India is now top-ranked in ODIs and there’s no doubting that after this performance.
Sharma’s century, with 11 fours and four sixes, took India to 274-7 after being asked to bat first by South Africa.
South Africa could only manage 201 all out in 42.2 overs in the chase, with Yadav taking 4-57 and Chahal 2-43.